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Today is International Coffee Day!

This day is an occasion that's used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events now taking place across the world. 

It's also a day to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers.  

I’m not a coffee fan but I know that for many people, coffee is not just a beverage that they need to get through the day, it is also a daily ritual that recharges them.

So, if you are a coffee fanatic you’d be delighted to know some amazing facts about one of the most consumed beverage in the world.  

We spoke to the founder of Barn Owl Coffee shop, Ryan Solomon, who gave us a short insight into the world of coffee and revealed some interesting about this favourite beverage.

  • Coffee is actually a seed. We call it a bean because its resemblance to beans.
  • 10-15% of coffee cherries have a naturally occurring defect that allow only one seed to grow per cherry as opposed to two. This produces a smaller, rounder seed called a peaberry, rumored to taste better, the peaberry is hand sorted and could just be better selected.
  • Caffeine occurs in coffee as a natural insect repellent! Generally higher grown coffee has less caffeine as it needs less protection against insects.
  • A typical espresso has 60mg of caffeine, however a South African coffee company, Black Insomnia coffee, holds the title as the world's strongest coffee at 702mg per cup! Yikes!
  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, second only to Crude oil.
  • Around 400 billion cups of coffee are served annually worldwide, that’s a lot of coffee!